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Thursday, 4 April 2013

2011 Makfa Lenten Food Contest: Salat Kotik (Kitty Salad)

00 Kitty Salad. Makfa Pasta. 09.03.13


Lenten dishes don’t have to be boring and unappetizing. Makfa has products that’ll help make your meatless table healthy, nutritious, varied, and tasty. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 200 grammes (7 ounces) pasta
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper, thinly-sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly-sliced
  • 1 can tuna packed in oil, undrained
  • 7 ounce can mushrooms, drained, slightly sautéed in 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 pinches salt
  • sliced pitted olives
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley


Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Parboil the carrot, onion, and pepper; take them out of the water after about a minute or so after the water returns to the boil. Then, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook it until its al dente, according to the package directions. Whilst the pasta cooks, mix the onion, mushrooms, and tuna fish together well. Drain the pasta well, shock it with cold running water, but leave it slightly wet. Mix the pasta with half of the mayonnaise. Put half the dressed pasta in a serving dish and spread it out evenly. Strew half the pepper and carrot over the salad, covering it evenly. Spread the tuna mixture evenly over the first pasta layer. Strew over the remaining pepper and carrot (reserve a small piece of carrot for the top decoration), spreading it evenly. Place the remaining half of the dressed pasta over the tuna mixture, making sure that it covers it completely. Spread the remaining mayonnaise over the pasta, but do NOT mix it into the salad. Make an outline of a cat with the olives; use a piece of carrot for its tongue. Strew over parsley as a garnish.

The method for this is similar to that used for the more-famous Selyodka pod Shuboi (Herring under an Overcoat).


March 2011

Svetlana Bryanchenkova

Makfa Pasta

Klub Makfa



Makfa is one of the largest pasta makers in Russia, based in Yekaterinburg… this gives you an idea of MODERN Russian home cooking. Besides that, it tells you that keeping of the Lent isn’t just for monastics any more. Although, of course, most lay people don’t follow the whole-banana monastic rule, nor should they.



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